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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Ralphie’
Posted: November 30th, 2013

computer hangerJust in case you’re wondering — yes that is a hanger and dishrag attached to the left side of my Dell computer screen. I am a genius to find this novel response to technology’s foils.

A few weeks ago, my screen started acting up — horizontal lines and freezing. The nice young man at Staples told me it was the LED screen, but if you touched it on the left side, the screen returned to normal. And, no, this is not a touchscreen model.

Well touching the screen worked for a while, then I had to hold my thumb there. Then I had to press really hard and got a cramp in my hand. And typing with one hand is never a good idea. I devised the hanger method, but my husband suggested a chip clip — so I now have an alternative. But I’m not moving that hanger until I have to.

I was trying to put off buying a new computer before Christmas. And I don’t know what I want.

Sherry Rieder of the Erie Times-News let me test drive her iPad a few weeks ago when I worried the screen problem would become — well permanent. The iPad was pretty nice — thanks, Sherry.

With it being Black Friday yesterday, deals appeared to be all over the place on computers and iPads, so we went to look at them at Best Buy last night. Sticker shock and technology shock set in.  My current Dell is only a few years old and cost maybe $400. Newer computers have a base price, then add in the apps or software and we’re talking big money.

They also have real touch screens. I felt like a dinosaur. The salesperson spoke a language I kind of understood, but I had no idea what I wanted after 15 minutes. I felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” sitting on Santa’s lap. “My mind had gone blank. I was blowing it, blowing it.”

My husband gently asked what I wanted, and I responded that a nice lemon drop martini was in order. The computer would have to wait. So off we went to TGIFridays where I had two lemon drop martinis and dinner. I’m still using this hanger, but I don’t have buyer’s remorse. I’d prefer to wait until after Christmas, so attaching an old monitor to the keyboard might be the best short-term solution — if the hanger and the chip clip give out. So I will be researching and trying to figure out what I want. Suggestions are welcome.

And I am not complaining — it could be worse. My pal Jennie Geisler’s car died the other day. Now that’s an expensive pre-holiday necessity.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.




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Posted: December 23rd, 2012

The annual tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” — the iconic 1982 movie about Ralphie and his Chicago family — begins Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. on WTBS. It has a spot in our family tradition because my oldest son Howie was nicknamed Ralphie by my wonderful neighbors — the Wood family.

Howie, born in 1986, loved the movie. He’s on the road today — coming home from Virginia, so he is on my mind. When he had to get glasses in 1989 as a tot, red was the only selection he would consider for eyewear “because they looked like Ralphie’s.” Howie had some severe eye-crossing that was later corrected by surgery, but he managed those glasses and sports glasses like a trooper. This picture of him with my daughter, Kelly, still hangs on our refrigerator. My youngest son, Ryan, is not in this picture because he wasn’t born yet.

CBS Sunday Morning had a great piece on “A Christmas Story” this morning.  Here’s the link. The tale written by Jean Shepherd, is a part of Americana. Terrific 41-year-old Peter Billingsley — who played Ralphie — has produced it as a Broadway musical. Here are some fun facts about the movie:

  1. It never hit the bigtime until it hit cable.
  2. It was added to the Library of Congress this year.
  3. The original home in Cleveland sold on eBay in 2004 for $150,000 to Brian Jones who restored it to as a museum complete with props from the film. Read more here. He even gets into the cupboard under the sink.
  4. Jean Shepherd voiced and wrote two sequels, says Mentalfloss.com:  a 1988 TV movie, “Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss” with a 14-year-old Ralphie, played by Jerry O’Connell and My Summer Story, or “It Runs in the Family,” a 1994 flick starring Kieran Culkin, brother of Macaulay, as Ralphie.
  5. More from Mentalfloss.com: Jack Nicholson was supposedly interested in playing Ralphie’s dad. The late Darren McGavin got the nod. I cannot imagine Nicholson in the role.
  6. You can buy the leg lamp in dozens of different sizes. Homeowners on West Gore Road and Clinton Street in Millcreek have one prominently displayed in their window.
  7. Jean Shepherd’s crazy stories first appeared in Playboy magazine.

The WTBS tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” dates back to 1997. I wrap presents to it every year. Here’s to all the Raphies out there.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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